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Nowadays, an increasing number of “snoopers” attack the data saved on smartphones. How to check if you are not currently affected by these unwanted snoops? How do you protect yourself with certain options or using a VPN? If you are concerned about your privacy, this comprehensive guide will greatly help you!

This growing number of snoopers worries users

Smartphones have become indispensable tools for the vast majority of the world’s population. By taking advantage of a real technological advance, these devices now make it possible to send, receive and save various information. In addition, the performance of the mobile network (4G and 5G) facilitates these manipulations by guaranteeing permanent connectivity.

Such a phenomenon has naturally allowed the progressive digitization of many services. Thus, the storage of sensitive data on a smartphone has become commonplace without alarming users. Indeed, if the backup of media and personal or professional files are real “bargains” for many people, this concentration of information arouses the curiosity and interest of others.

However, this disturbing phenomenon does not stop there. Once connected to the web, your smartphone can deliver data at any time through its features. In general, this fruitful information is used by professionals for commercial purposes.

Android devices are especially affected. Why is that? Because these smartphones and tablets send 10 times more data than an iPhone or iMac. Whether it’s hackers or Google itself, recovering this data is a real problem for user privacy.

A few settings and installing a VPN are highly recommended solutions to protect yourself:

  • Protecting your smartphone from “prying eyes”;
  • Optimize device lock;
  • Although this may seem logical to many users, setting up a complex lock code is recommended. Creating an unlock path (offered via 9 points) is another radical solution if your device allows it. For example, this will prevent unwanted uses from a friend or work colleague;
  • Hide notifications.

All smartphones allow you to display notifications (SMS, e-mail, missed calls, etc.) on the lock screen. Admittedly, this feature seems practical at first glance. However, this does not guarantee your privacy. A few manipulations from the menu of your device are sufficient to correct this setting. On the other hand, you can display emergency information on the lock screen in the event of loss or theft. To do this, go to “security and location,” then “message on the locked screen.”

Locate your smartphone: a double-edged sword

The GPS feature is able to “track” your device to verify every interaction. Many applications are specialized for this type of service. However, the permanent location of your smartphone has a disadvantage: the continuous transmission of data carried out by Google.

Securing your data on the web

Perform each update

It is essential to proceed with each suggested update (applications and operating system). Indeed, these correct certain security flaws and avoid exposing you to cybercrime.

Check the issued authorizations 

To ensure your privacy, take care to filter the permissions granted to each of your applications. Often overlooked, professionals highly value this consent to perform your profiling and target you through advertisements.

Do not use public Wi-Fi

Do you know that using a Wi-Fi network is particularly dangerous? By connecting to these free access points, the risk of hacking is much greater. The indirect connection with other users of a vulnerable network explains this essential principle for your security. Preferring 4G (regardless of the quality delivered from your position) is therefore essential. If you cannot avoid Wi-Fi, then you should connect to a VPN. A virtual private network conceals your data, thus making it impossible for hackers to do any attacks on you. Also, some VPN providers even offer additional features. For example, you can use NordVPN adblock to block any unwanted ads that often contain viruses. 

What else can a VPN do?

Installing a VPN is a radical solution to optimize your protection on the web. An intermediate access point, an advanced DNS system (hiding your IP address), and a cryptographic protocol of data will be your best allies. To find out more, do not hesitate to browse the offers offered by specialized suppliers.

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